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Thursday, 24 November 2011 00:00

LindfordLinsford Baldwin was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for a pen gun he claimed he had just found whilst walking in the city. The 20-year-old of Belize City was arraigned in Magistrate’s court on Tuesday November 23rd on a single count of keeping an unlicensed firearm.

Police say that at about 12:15am on Sunday, November 20, they were conducting a mobile patrol on Newtown Barracks when they saw Baldwin, who was in front of Caesar’s Palace.  He was acting suspiciously and the police approached him. He was searched and police found an object, which resembled a pen gun. The object was found in the front portion of his pants.

In court, Baldwin, a father of 2, appeared before Senior Magistrate, Sharon Frazer where he pleaded guilty with an explanation. He told the court that he was walking on the street when he found the pen gun and he put it in his pants.

In hia mitigation plea, Baldwin begged the court to be as lenient as possible upon him as he would like to be out very soon to be with his children. The Senior Magistrate told him, however, that the least amount of  time behind bars that she could impose on him is 5 years since the latest amendment to the Act, which took effect in February of this year. Under the new Act the minimum penalty which was two years to was raised to five. Since he did not waste the court’s time, Baldwin was imposed the minimum jail term of 5 years.  He had an outstanding fine, which is equivalent to 7 months jail time so the Senior Magistrate ordered that the two sentences are to run concurrent.